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HOUSE BILL NO. 253
INTRODUCED BY M. FUNK
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT TO APPLY THE INFLATION FACTOR CALCULATED UNDER 20-9-326, MCA, TO THE SPECIAL EDUCATION ALLOWABLE COST PAYMENT FOR DETERMINING THE PRESENT LAW BASE CALCULATED UNDER TITLE 17, CHAPTER 7, PART 1, MCA; AMENDING SECTION 20-9-326, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 20-9-326, MCA, is amended to read:
"20-9-326. Annual inflation-related adjustments to basic entitlements, and per-ANB entitlements, and other payments. (1) In preparing and submitting an agency budget pursuant to 17-7-111 and 17-7-112, the superintendent of public instruction shall determine the inflation factor for the basic and per-ANB entitlements, the data-for-achievement payment, the special education allowable cost payment, and the general fund payments in 20-9-327 through 20-9-330 in each fiscal year of the ensuing biennium. The inflation factor is calculated as follows:
(a) for the first year of the biennium, divide the consumer price index for July 1 of the prior calendar year by the consumer price index for July 1 of the calendar year 3 years prior to the prior calendar year and raise the resulting ratio to the power of one-third; and
(b) for the second year of the biennium, divide the consumer price index for July 1 of the current calendar year by the consumer price index for July 1 of the calendar year 3 years prior to the current calendar year and raise the resulting ratio to the power of one-third.
(2) The present law base for the entitlements referenced in subsection (1), calculated under Title 17, chapter 7, part 1, must consist of any enrollment increases or decreases plus the inflation factor calculated pursuant to this section, not to exceed 3% in each year, applied to both years of the biennium.
(3) For the purposes of this section, "consumer price index" means the consumer price index, U.S. city average, all urban consumers, for all items, using the 1982-84 base of 100, as published by the bureau of labor statistics of the U.S. department of labor."
NEW SECTION. Section 2. Effective date. [This act] is effective July 1, 2017.
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